1 [This letter is from] Paul, a slave of God, and an apostle for [the benefit of] the faith of God's elect [i.e., His chosen people] and [to spread] the knowledge of the truth which leads to godliness, 2 [and provides] hope for never ending life. God, who cannot lie, promised this [life] before the beginning of time, 3 but at the proper time revealed [it] through the message entrusted to me to proclaim, by the commandment of God our Savior.
4 [It is being sent] to Titus, my true son, [who shares] in a common faith. [May you have] unearned favor and peace [which come] from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
5 The reason I left you in Crete [Note: This was an island in the Mediterranean Sea off the southern coast of Greece] was so you could set in order the things that were lacking and appoint elders in every city [i.e., where there was a church], as I directed you. 6 [An elder must] not be guilty of just blame, [he must be] the husband of one wife, whose children are believers [Note: The word for "believers" may also be translated "faithful ones" or "trustworthy ones"], who have a reputation for not being wild or disobedient. 7 As God's manager [of the church], an overseer must be free from just blame, not a drunkard, not a fighter [and] not in love with money. 8 [He must be] hospitable, someone who loves what is good, sensible, upright, devout and self-controlled. 9 [He must] hold on firmly to the trustworthy message, which is according to [our] teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort people with sound teaching and to convince those who contradict it.
10 For there are many rebellious people, especially among the circumcision [i.e., the Jews], whose talk is useless and who deceive people. 11 They must be silenced [because] they are upsetting entire families by teaching things they should not be for the shameful purpose of making money. 12 Even one of their own prophets said, "The people of Crete are always liars, vicious beasts and lazy gluttons."
13 [And] this testimony is true. [So], for this reason you should rebuke them severely, so that they will be sound in the faith, 14 instead of paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who reject the truth.
15 Everything is pure [i.e., ceremonially acceptable] to the person who is pure [i.e., who has been cleansed by the blood of Christ], but to those who are [spiritually] corrupt, and do not believe [in Christ], nothing is pure, but both their minds and consciences are corrupted. [Note: This statement was intended to remove the physical restrictions imposed by the law of Moses]. 16 These people claim to know God [as Savior], but they deny Him by their actions, so they are detestable and disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.